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Options Dialog and SPI
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Options Dialog and SPI 
Package Description
org.netbeans.api.options  
org.netbeans.spi.options  

Options Dialog module contains implementation of Options Dialog and simple SPI. This SPI allows installation of custom options panels / categories to Options Dialog. This module contains implementation of Miscellaneous Panel ans Miscellaneous Panel SPI too. OptionsDialogSPI

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Use Cases

Register top level Options Panel

Client can install new panel to Options Dialog - see JavaDoc for OptionsCategory class.

Register panel to Advanced Options Panel

Client can install new panel to Advanced Options Panel - see JavaDoc for AdvancedOption class.

Exported Interfaces

This table lists all of the module exported APIs with defined stability classifications. It is generated based on answers to questions about the architecture of the module. Read them all...
Group of java interfaces
Interface NameIn/OutStabilitySpecified in What Document?
OptionsDialogSPIExportedOfficial .../spi/options/OptionsCategory.html

Group of property interfaces
Interface NameIn/OutStabilitySpecified in What Document?

Group of layer interfaces
Interface NameIn/OutStabilitySpecified in What Document?
OptionsDialogSPILayersExportedUnder Development .../spi/options/OptionsCategory.html

Use OptionsDialog folder for registration of custom top level options panels. Register your implementation of OptionsCategory there (*.instance file). Standard file systems sorting mechanism is used.

AdvancedPanelSPILayersExportedUnder Development .../netbeans/spi/options/AdvancedOption.html

Use OptionsDialog/Advanced folder for registration of custom panels to Miscellaneous Panel. Register your implementation of AdvancedCategory there (*.instance file). Standard file systems sorting mechanism is used.

OptionsExportLayersExportedUnder Development

Use OptionsExport/<MyCategory> folder for registration of items for export/import of options. Registration in layers looks as follows
 <folder name="OptionsExport">
     <!-- category -->
     <folder name="MyCategory">
         <!-- category display name -->
         <attr name="displayName"
          bundlevalue="org.netbeans.modules.mymodule.options.Bundle#Category_Display_Name"/>
         <!-- item -->
         <file name="MyItem1">
             <attr name="displayName" bundlevalue="org.netbeans.modules.mymodule.options.Bundle#Item1_Display_Name"/>
             <!-- include regex pattern rooted to userdir -->
             <attr name="include" stringvalue="config/Preferences/org/netbeans/modules/mymodule/.*|config/mymodule/.*"/>
             <!-- exclude regex pattern rooted to userdir -->
             <attr name="exclude" stringvalue="config/mymodule/obsolete/.*"/>
         </file>
         <!-- item -->
         <file name="MyItem2">
             <attr name="displayName" bundlevalue="org.netbeans.modules.mymodule.options.Bundle#Item2_Display_Name"/>
             <!-- include pattern with properties constrain -->
             <attr name="include" stringvalue="config/mymodule[.]properties#key[1-9].*|keyA.*#|config/mymodule[.]xml"/>
             <!-- exclude pattern with properties constrain  -->
             <attr name="exclude" stringvalue="config/obsolete[.]properties#key5"/>
         </file>
     </folder>
 </folder>
 
Include/exclude patterns may contain either a regular expression defining files relatively to userdir (see MyItem1) or a compound pattern defining files and property keys (see MyItem2). A compound pattern consists of file regex pattern followed by hash delimiter (#) then property key regex pattern followed by another hash delimiter. Hash delimiter can be ommited at the end of compound pattern. For example, a compound pattern can have the following structure filePattern1#keyPattern1#|filePattern2|filePattern3#keyPattern3.

Group of branding interfaces
Interface NameIn/OutStabilitySpecified in What Document?
OPT_RestartAfterImportExportedUnder Development

By default importing settings (as described by
OptionsExport API does not require restart. Some systems may however support complex modifications to the installation structure. Then they should brand the OPT_RestartAfterImport to true. NetBeans IDE does require restart after settings import.

Implementation Details

Where are the sources for the module?

The sources for the module are in the NetBeans Mercurial repositories.

What do other modules need to do to declare a dependency on this one, in addition to or instead of a plain module dependency?

Nothing.

Read more about the implementation in the answers to architecture questions.

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